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Title: Hydrogen Peroxide - An Environmentally Friendly but Dangerous Bleaching Chemical

Source: In: Proceedings of TAPPI engineering, pulping and environmental conference. 2007 October 21-23; Jacksonville, FL. Atlanta, GA: Tappi Press. 9 p. Available online: http://www.tappi.org ; 2007

Author(s)Hart, Peter W.; Rudie, Alan

Publication Year: 2007  View PDF »

Category: Conference Proceedings
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4709-3A

Abstract: Within the past 15 years, at least three bleach plants in North America experienced catastrophic equipment failures associated with the use of 50 wt% peroxide. People were badly injured in two instances, and these mills were fortunate to have avoided fatalities in these events. Hydrogen peroxide can be and has been used safely for many years, but like any strong oxidant, it must be handled with respect. This paper evaluates safety concerns associated with the use of hydrogen peroxide in the bleach plant. Several safety practices are suggested to address issues identified by these explosions and minimize the risk associated with use of peroxide.

Keywords: Decomposition, contamination, risk management, explosives, safety measures, wood-pulp industry, bleaching, pulping, hydrogen peroxide, oxidation, industrial safety, pulp mills

File size: 1,237 kb(s)

Date posted: 11/20/2009

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RITS Product ID: 26579
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Rudie, Alan W.
Supervisory Research Chemist
  

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